Pinkerton Plains local farmer and hay grower, Cameron Lowe, was awarded the Gen Ag Future Fund Scholarship for 2018/19 last Tuesday. The award is sponsored by the Australian Fodder Industry Association and Lallemand. It is awarded annually to someone who has a passion for the hay industry. Read the full story in our online edition:

No more sweat – bring on the wet!

Last week’s unseasonally hot weather, backed up with severe winds on the  Wednesday and Friday, saw quite a bit of land change hands. Weekend rainfall totals were not enough to do much more than dampen down the dust. Farmers are looking to the skies for an increasingly less likely Anzac Day break to the season. […]

Bringing gains to low rainfall systems

A nine-year study of the impact of livestock on paddock health and farm productivity in a low rainfall environment has revealed grazing generates multiple benefits for mixed enterprises. Conducted at Minnipa on the Eyre Peninsula, the study demonstrated many agronomic and financial advantages that can be achieved by incorporating livestock into the rotation. The long-term […]

Hart welcomes Emma as new regional intern

The Hart Field-Site Group has welcomed Emma Pearse as its new regional intern for 2018 while farewelling 2017 intern Dylan Bruce, who said he leaves with a load of experience and networks under his belt to continue his career in grains research. The regional internship has been jointly funded and supported by the Hart Field-Site […]

History of SA’s pastoral protector

REPORT: Primary Industries SA EARLY exploration of South Australia’s northern arid lands in the late 1830s and early 1940s was followed closely by pastoral occupation. The early settlers were unaware of two things – the capacity of the country to carry stock at sustainable levels, and the impact of the dingo on their sheep flocks. […]

Girl power as vintage wraps up

It was a case of girl power for the O’Connor Harvesting team this vintage with Jan O’Connor, owner and logistics coordinator, Gitte Fraser machine harvester operator and Melissa Eaton owner of Valley Vine Works and machine operator leading the harvesting team (pictured above). With vintage almost finished, O’Connor Harvesting’s Frank Nicholls says yields were down, […]

Valley vintage under way

Clare Valley’s 2018 grape vintage has kicked off with early varieties starting to fill bins, and while yields are expected to be down on last year’s bumper harvest, the quality of fruit is looking good. Clare Regional Grapegrowers Association chair, Troy van Dulken, said with picking of “Riesling on track for late February and the […]

The Rainbow Bee-eater

Thanks to Chris Steeles, local bird watcher and twitcher extraordinaire, this month’s feature bird is the Rainbow Bee-eater. Moving down in flocks toward the end of October each year, Rainbow Bee-eaters spend the summer months in the warmer climates of southern Australia. The Adelaide Plains is a popular area for these spectacularly coloured birds over […]

Show us your shed!

Pimp My Workshop with Over the Fence and the Agfert angels Thanks to the team at the Plains Producer and Agfert Balaklava, we have come up with a bit of inspiration to clean your workshop, man cave or mobile work unit. First prize is a 36 bin parts storage rack, and it’s on wheels! So […]